Tube and Pipe Fabrication

The tube and pipe fabrication technology area covers sawing (band, circular, and friction) and other cutting processes, such as abrasive, flame, laser, oxyfuel, plasma, and waterjet. It also discusses forming processes, including bending and end forming. Finally, it includes a handful of miscellaneous processes, such as trimming, beveling, finning, grooving, threading, and spinning.

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Tube cutoff automation can be customized

April 15, 2010

Bardons & Oliver has announced that, as an authorized FANUC Robotics integrator, it can customize its CNC and rotating-head tube and bar cutoff equipment and turning machines with FANUC controls, motors, drives, and robotic loaders and unloaders. After the part is discharged from the machine, a...

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Automatic feeder for tube cutoff can be retrofitted

April 15, 2010

Continental Pipe and Tube Cut-Off Machines has introduced the PDS series programmable auto feeder. The system provides consistent cuts and is simple to set up and program, according to the manufacturer. The auto feeder, which frees the operator for other tasks, can be retrofitted to one of the...

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Crimping machine features automated quality control reporting options

April 6, 2010

Lillbacka Corp. has introduced the Finn-Power King Crimper 1200. It has a maximum crimping force of 1,200 tons and a crimping range from 7.87 to 25.59 in. The unit is equipped with a new UC controller, which features automated quality control reporting options and menu-guided operation. The...

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standard tooling

Selecting the right mandrel and wiper

April 1, 2010 | By William Q. Tingley III

Tube bender operators could rely on complex mathematical formulas and rules of thumb, but it’s much quicker to use a tooling chart. This sort of chart lists the two main bending criteria, D of bend and wall factor, on the X and Y axis, respectively. However, these charts have just two axes, and usually are based on bending mild steel to 180 degrees. Tube bending comprises many more variables, materials, and bend angles. Knowing how to make adjustments to compensate for additional factors is critical for successful bending.

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Kinder Morgan donates extra pipe to Louisiana Technical College

March 23, 2010

Kinder Morgan, Houston, has donated $8,000 worth of surplus pipe from the 500-mile Midcontinent Express natural gas transmission pipeline to welding students at Louisiana Technical College in Tallulah, La. Kinder Morgan's energy division and Energy Transfer Partners LP oversaw construction of the...

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New pipe cap line introduced

March 5, 2010

Caplugs has introduced a new pipe cap design to replace the existing CE series. The skirts on the new pipe caps are designed to stretch easily over the edge of the pipe without tools while retaining their shape and snug fit. They also are ribbed for ventilation to help ensure the cap won't blow off...

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Pipe saw and track system cuts concrete-lined, ash, superduplex SST, other hard alloys

March 5, 2010

ESCO Tool offers a pneumatic pipe saw and wraparound track system for making square cuts to within ±0.0625 in. on heavy-wall pipe up to 60 in. in diameter and 4.375 in. thick. The APS-438 universal air-powered saw and WrapTrack® system features a stainless steel band assembly that wraps...

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Tube punching machine enables punching all four sides in single pass

March 5, 2010

AM Machinery Sales Inc. offers the Evergreen line of tube punching and drilling machines. They are designed to handle round, square, rectangular, and oval tubes, as well as profiles and heavy-gauge flat bar. The machines punch and drill without deforming the tube. They feature one to three punching...

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Lincoln Electric introduces pipeline welding productivity seminar

February 17, 2010

Lincoln Electric is offering a day-long Pipeline Welding Productivity Seminar intended for pipeline industry professionals. The session takes place Tuesday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the company's corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio With the growing demand in energy markets,...

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tube benders unannealed

No need for annealing

February 9, 2010 | By AIDA - America

Tube benders work with unannealed material and deliver better-performing products to customers.

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Tube straightening machine incorporates multiple bending feature

February 9, 2010

Bronx/Taylor-Wilson offers the 10.CR.5 cross-roll tube straightening machine. The 10-roll design can straighten to stringent tolerances at high speeds, according to the company. The machine incorporates multiple bending moment, which helps improve straightness by increasing the number of plastic...

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Pipe cutting machine's operating system converts 3-D coordinates into tubular structures in XML format

February 9, 2010

Vernon Tool has announced that the WinMPM™ operating system on its pipe cutting machines now seamlessly converts 3-D coordinates into finished tubular structures in new industry-standard XML format. The system is compatible with 3-D structural, isometric, and pressure vessel modeling packages...

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vertical compression benders

Making a workhorse run

February 9, 2010 | By George Winton

Vertical compression tube benders have been around for more than 50 years (see Figure 1). Historically associated with high-volume bending, these benders continue to play a role in production environments where parts have just one or two bends. Also known as press benders, they have stood the...

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Automated tube cutting system combines material handling, software, and single CNC workstation

January 12, 2010

Han-Kwang offers the series TL automated tube cutting system. It combines tube cutting technology with material handling, tubing software, and a single CNC workstation for nearly nonstop production of round, square, and rectangular tubes and shapes.The TL6015 system comprises four major parts: an...

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Plate saws available for both traverse and longitudinal sawing

January 12, 2010

Pat Mooney Saws offers the Nishijimax NHC-SQA automatic plate saws in two models.The NHC-850SQA is designed for traverse sawing of plate up to 3 in. thick and 24 in. wide. The NHC-8310SQA saws longitudinally, handling plate that is 4 in. thick and 20 ft. long.A saw spindle drive system results in...

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